Monday, July 4, 2011

We have moved!

The handmade living blog has moved. Please head to the Handmade Canberra blog for updates.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Handmade Living on Kidspot!

a promo for the features in kidspot's newsletter

Warm thanks to the lovely gals at for featuring a heap of good things from our beautiful book - handmade living. They not only featured four of our fabulous designers from the book, they also created a super cool slideshow, revealing some wonderful projects you can make at home...

We are so proud of this beautiful book - and thrilled with the response we're getting Australia-wide. If you haven't got your hands on a copy yet, you can snaffle one from our website right here!

Monday, May 16, 2011

handmade living in Style magazine

So exciting to see excerpts of Handmade Living in sensational Style magazine, which covers rural and regional NSW. Huge thanks to Jacqui Greig, editor, for featuring our beautiful book!

Monday, April 4, 2011

handmade living in Homespun Magazine

What a thrill to see this great review of handmade living in gorgeous magazine - Homespun. Many thanks to the editors for this perfect take on the book! and congrats to the book's illustrator Tina Snerling who has a main feature article and interview win the magazine with some beautiful ballerina dolls. You don't want to miss it.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Sew It Together

Handmade's very own Shopgirl Jennie McClelland of Posie Patchwork is heading to Sydney for Sew It Together this Saturday 26 March at the Menzies Hotel from 11.45am to 2.30pm.

Jennie will not only be showcasing her stunning wares, but she will be taking a stash of handmade living, signed by the creators and some of the designers. If you want to pick up a copy, just head to Posie's stall and she'll also throw in a fabric stash as a thank you!

If you can't get to Sew it Together, not to worry - you can still buy handmade living right here, or why not pop into Shop and browse before you buy? (and buy and buy... sorry, you'll be sooooo tempted in that shop...)

Saturday, March 5, 2011

handmade living in Embroidery & Cross Stitch magazine

What a beautiful write-up on handmade living in Embroidery & Cross Stitch magazine! Many thanks to the editors for including our beautiful book in the mag - we've already had even more inquiries about the book since this went live! Handmade bliss.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

International Women's Day Event

Join us to celebrate the 100th annivesary of International Women's Day! We at Handmade Canberra are delighted to join forces with sensational new women's website, HerCanberra, to celebrate this momentous occasion with some very special events.

You could win some spectacular prizes thanks to some of our glorious Handmade Designers - and grab the chance to mingle with some pretty special local women - all in honour of a day that recognises and celebrates the achievements of women worldwide.

Things kick off this coming Tuesday 8 March. Click on your exclusive invitation (above) for more!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Handmade Auction for Christchurch

The dust may have settled in Christchurch, but the pain and loss is still palpable... While Australians have been very hands-on in aiding our kiwi family across the ditch, it's been so inspiring to see people from all over the world reach out to the people of New Zealand and help in any way they can.

But we can always do more.

A band of mums and handmade aficionados based in New Zealand have come together to run a series of auctions to raise funds for Christchurch - Handmade for Christchurch.

"When we heard about the Christchurch earthquake our hearts sank and we all felt so helpless. A couple of our group are from the area and we sat there for hours waiting and waiting to hear if our friends were ok," says mum Roslyn Henley.

"In that time we all chatted and thought of someway that we could help to give a little as we could not leave our families and go and help with the clean up."

The group decided that, as they are all crafters, they would create a group which helped raise money for those affected by the earthquake.

"In the last 24 hours since the group has started, we have received many many responses from people who are willing to take some time out of their busy life to create something for a donation for us to Auction off on Trade Me," says Roslyn.

"As time goes on, the donations are increasing and we would love to be able to raise as much as we can."

Can you spare an hour or two to create something handmade for this wonderful cause? Join the facebook page now...

...and spread the word far and wide. Auctions will start from this Sunday night.

For direct handmade donations please email:

Remember, every little bit counts and all money raised will be split between the Christchurch Womans Refuge and The Salvation Army.

Well done, handmade girls! Our hearts are with you and the people of Christchurch.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Handmade Living Launch Party with Creative ArtyFacts

The lovely Liz Deluca from Creative Arty Facts is not only one of the myriad talented designers in handmade living (you should see her beautiful bling - check out page 82) she is also one lovely chickadee for hosting a sensational handmade living post-launch party in Brisbane on 9 February.

Tanya from TLC books in Manly, Queensland, hosted the event (and made gorgeous cupcakes) and a clutch of handmade lovers came along for bubbles and a natter and a chance to not only peruse the book, but peruse the designers who came to show their wares.

Thanks Liz for hosting such a glorious event - we just wish we could have been there, too!

Learn more about Liz and her beautiful work at and

Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Next Handmade Book

Hello everyone and thank you for your patience on news of the application process for A Handmade Christmas.

As you all know, Handmade Canberra has expanded exponentially in the past two years and we've been absolutely delighted with the roaring success of handmade living. Because the book is doing so well, we are going to spend some time focusing on its marketing and promotion (which means promoting YOU!) and therefore, applications for the next book will be delayed until further notice.

Handmade Canberra also has some really exciting plans for 2011/2012 and we'll be busy squirreling away at these projects to bring you even bigger and better ways to promote and maximise your business.

Apologies to those of you keen to apply for A Handmade Christmas - I know there have been many of you! but rest assured, we will let you know when applications are opening. Join our newsletter now and you'll be the first to know! Just head to the Handmade Canberra website and enter your email address on the right hand side of the screen to receive updates straight to your inbox.

I'm looking forward to working with you all again on the next book! and in the meantime, enjoy the glorious creative spoils that is handmade living... and I look forward to seeing you all at next weekend's glorious Handmade Market.


Saturday, January 15, 2011

Flood Relief at Shop During January

Thanks to their amazing and generous designers, when you shop at Shop Handmade during January, 10% of a large range of wares will go to the Queensland Flood Relief Appeal.

Not only that, the enormously generous owners Julie and Rachel will match, dollar-for-dollar, the donated designer amount, and donate the same amout to the appeal.

Your shopping dollar has always gone 100% to designers at Shop Handmade - and now it will go even further, to aid our friends in Queensland, whose lives have been absolutely devastated by the floods.

Come in to Shop and show your support now - or send a local friend in to snaffle some goodies on your behalf. There's never been a greater time to shop at Shop Handmade.

City Walk, near Akuna Street (diagonally opposite the backdoor of Myer), Canberra City

Thursday, January 13, 2011

WIN! handmade living and help the Queensland Flood Appeal


The amazing Jennie McClelland over at Posie The Blog is running a giveaway of handmade living, along with fabric and other sensational prizes, to raise funds for the Queensland Flood Appeal.

Jennie is a major contributor to handmade living - and her gorgeous soldier husband is currently living in Brisbane on post and she has put together this fabulous giveaway - enter now for your chance to win. All you have to do is donate $5 to the appeal (hopefully you'll part with a little more than that!) and provide a receipt number.

Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to offer your support to the thousands of people who had lost everything.

Enter now! and if you just want to donate, head to the direct government donation site.

Monday, January 10, 2011

the next handmade market...


Don't miss the next sensational Handmade Market - Saturday 19 February at the Canberra Convention Centre. This stunning market is going from strength to strength and is now totally undercover with a mass of stalls featuring designers old and new. You won't want to miss it.

Click here for more details!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

handmade living Creations Flickr Group

Well? Have you created something from our beautiful book handmade living yet? If you have, we cordially invite you to post your photos and/or comments on our new Flickr group - handmade living Creations -

We look forward to seeing your beautiful creations! Spread the word - and keep an eye on the group for creations by our own Handmade Team - my daughter Ella and I are working on something from the book this week... what will it be?